The Club meets for dinner in London three times a year, usually in October or November, February, and April or May. At each dinner, two speakers are invited, one from the actuarial profession and another who is not an actuary. Speeches are normally followed by a question-and-answer session. Diners usually number around 40 and members may invite guests to dinners.
Actuaries who are interested in joining the Argonauts Club can attend a Club dinner as a guest of an existing member
They then need to be nominated by one, and seconded by another, existing member. Once nominated and seconded, membership applications will be considered at the next meeting of the Club, in the applicant’s absence.
A list of members is available from the Honorary Secretary.
The Club year runs from 1 July to 30 June. At the end of each year, subscriptions are reviewed and rates are notified to members towards the end of the summer. For the 2016/2017 year, subscription rates are £75 for active members and £40 for retired members. From time to time, due to an overseas posting for example, members may be unable to attend any dinners in a Club year; in these circumstances membership may be suspended without payment of subscriptions.
For the 2016/2017 year, dining fees are £95, both for members and guests. Guests who are eligible and interested in joining, may attend one dinner at the special rate of £50. Where members have to cancel attendance of a dinner, dining fees will not be payable provided that they have given notice of not less than one week in advance of the dinner.
Officers of the Argonauts Club
Chair: Marian Elliott
Honorary Secretary: Guy Freeman
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